|law firm says WhipTail's
SSD capacity 4x better than HDD|
Editor:- August 31, 2010 - WhipTail Technologies
today announced that a law firm customer - Finkelstein & Partners (350
attorneys and staff distributed across 17 locations) had achieved a 4x
capacity reduction when using their SSD instead of HDDs in virtualized server
apps - due to
dedupe and faster
PCIe SSDs enable 512 virtual desktops on a single vSphere
August 31, 2010 - Fusion-io
today showed how its PCIe
SSDs can enable users to run
virtual desktops on a single
host in a demo at VMworld .
"Fusion-io is changing the way customers think about data-center
architecture, driving further efficiency, consolidation and scalability into
virtual platforms," said Neil
Carson, CTO of Fusion-io. "Fusion's ability to efficiently handle
the highly random access patterns prevalent in virtualized workloads, aids
customers in reducing the cost and complexity of adding multiple virtual
SSD searches 33% higher than a year ago
August 31, 2010 - StorageSearch.com
revealed today that searches for "SSD" this month were 33%
higher than a year ago.
We're now 2/3 of the way through the calendar
year that I christened the
Year of the SSD Market
Bubble - so how's it going so far?
It's clear from looking at
interim financial data from across the industry - and matching that up with
unpublished data from private companies that 2010 will easily end up being the
1st multi-billion dollar year in this market. That's peanuts compared to
where the market is
headed - but it's a significant milestone in
I do hear a few gripes from vendors that the SSD market
isn't doing as well as they expected - these mostly arise from vendors with weak
technology whose product managers didn't understand the market when they made
their product plans. Customer expectations in the SSD market are being set by
the top 10 SSD companies
- and not the bottom 10.
StreamStor optical option sustains 3GB/s
August 30, 2010 - Conduant
announced new optical options for its
mezzanine data recorders enabling upto 800MB/s per port and 3GB/s for a 4 port
confguration and cable lengths upto 16 miles.
Conduant's founder and
CEO Ken Owens said -
"Our Optical High Speed Serial Mezzanine Board can be upgraded and
customized in the field as requirements demand and allows for recording from
multiple devices simultaneously in any environment. With our StreamStor
technology, all packet formation and management is performed by the hardware so
there is no latency or other delays to affect data transmission performance."
SEPATON article on tape dinosaurs
30, 2010 - Jon Mills, Director of European operations at SEPATON recently
published an article -
- the T Rex of backup? - which provides anthropological comparisons between
tape libraries and these
I guess it takes one soon-to-be-extinct dinosoar to
recognize another. My own view is that
hard disk based backup will
eventually be replaced by solid
state backup. So enjoy chewing the spinning magnetic leaves while they
Microsemi 's new 16GB PBGA PATA SLC SSD
August 27, 2010 - Microsemi
now offers a 16GB SLC NAND version of its
PBGA SSDs - which
are designed specifically for use in the rugged and demanding environments of
defense and aerospace
PATA SSD has an
integrated 32-bit RISC flash
correction and power interruption protection.
Imprinting the brain of the SSD - MarketingViews case study
August 26, 2010 - StorageSearch.com
today published a new article -
Imprinting the brain
of the SSD - which describes how the
SSD market went from:-
what's an SSD controller?
to "SandForce Driven SSDs".
10,000x more reliable than RAID?
Editor:- August 26,
2010 - Amplidata
claims that its
technology is 10,000x more reliable than current
RAID based technologies
and requires 3x less storage.
Is another new way of fixing
problems in hard disk
arrays worth the effort just as we approach the end of the
hard disk market's life?
- I doubt it. See why in -
this way to the
WhipTail un-races to the datacenter
25, 2010 - in an effort to improve its prospects in the datacenter market -
a new name for its NAS
SSDs - Datacenter XLR8r instead of Racerunner - and also unveiled HA
options which involve dual failover systems.
The little lizardy
creatures are still on WhipTail 's site. Serious SSD buyers aren't scared by
pushing the SSD testing rock farther up the hill
August 25, 2010 - I'm mostly resistant to the idea of rehashing recent news
stories - but yesterday while talking about new SSD technologies a reader
asked me to take another look at
performance testing guidelines - which I reported on
a month ago.
said I had been surprised it took
SNIA so long to look at
these issues - because I had been aware of "Halo effects" in
flash SSD benchymarks for years - and commented - "But I guess member
led ORGs have a built in lag factor and only move at the speed of the
slowest exec members."
The reader - Neal Ekker -
whom I knew from his
Texas Memory Systems -
put up a spirited defense for this particular ORG's opus and said...
all known about the fishy-ness of SSD performance claims for years. But I'd like
to draw attention to what an impressive accomplishment the SNIA SSS PTS
represents, no matter its technical merits or ramifications. I watched it
happen, and I can tell you it was an amazing POLITICAL achievement. And
I don't mean that in a negative way. Any time there's more than one person in a
room, there's politics. For a collection of engineers representing both their
own egos and the interests of their employers to finally agree on even this
rather bare-bones beginning standard was just remarkable to observe. I can't
begin to give enough credit to some of the chief movers and shakers.
Neal Ekker added - "This is why I want more attention focused on
the SSS PTS right now, so we don't lose momentum entirely. There's still plenty
of work to be done. We need additional companies and fresh faces and energies to
step up and push this rock
a little farther up the hill."
Editor's comments:- During the majority of the SSS PTS development Neal
Ekker served as the SNIA SSSI Education Committee Chair. He's now a for-hire
independent SSD marketing consultant. ...Neal's bio,
PTS (pdf), Storage
OCZ dusts off memory flour to bake more SSD cake
August 24, 2010 - OCZ
today announced plans to wind down its commodity
DRAM business and focus
more resources on
Petersen, CEO of the OCZ Technology Group, Inc. said - "Our R&D
driven SSD business is performing well and is anticipated to be the majority of
our revenue going forward..."
Editor's comments:- Once you've got a market acceptable
recipe - the profit margins for cake can be much better than those for flour.
So if you have a choice it's better to make cake.
The SSD market
isn't big enough yet for huge memory makers like
Samsung to make the
grind or bake decision. They have to do both. But in the distant future
it may be
made the SSD bake
decision in Februray 2007.
HP and Dell battle over unavailable 3PAR
August 23, 2010 - 3PAR
has become part of a billion dollar acquisition tussle between Dell and
But would you buy software from a company whose home page
showed this message today? - "Site
Temporarily Unavailable Thank you for visiting www.3PAR.com. This site is
currently undergoing maintenance and is temporarily unavailable. We apologize
for the inconvenience."
tonight hangover tomorrow? - is a thoughtful analysis of the 3PAR
tug of war written by market analyst Robin
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